Dyslexia and the Law

Several states have laws now that specifically mandate screening and/or intervention for reading disabilities like dyslexia. Those states include California, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington. For example, the Wyoming law reads as follows: "Each school district shall design and implement a reading screening program that measures student reading progress and includes prescreening for dyslexia and other reading difficulties as early as possible in kindergarten through grade three..."

New Hampshire does not have specific legislation related to dyslexia although the symptoms of dyslexia are recognized under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1990, as a learning disability "which may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to....read."

Early intervention for reading challenges, as with most learning disabilities, is very important. Children who begin to fall behind their peers in reading continue to fall behind. With the help of specially trained tutors and teachers, they can be taught how to read. Without that help, their self-esteem suffers a blow that takes a long time to heal. In addition, they begin to dislike school--as anyone would who had to spend hour after hour failing.

Since 2003, Windy Row Learning Center has helped Monadnock Region children learn to read; we accept children as young as kindergarten age (see page 2 of our current newsletter) through grade 10. Based on Orton-Gillingham and other internationally known programs, our tutors create individual, step-by-step instruction for each child to address the physical barriers to reading and provide emotional support to address the psychological hurts from being unable to read. We are located in West Peterborough, New Hampshire, and we would be happy to answer any questions you have about our program or about reading challenges. Please info [at] windyrow.org (contact) us.